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When can't I receive unemployment compensation benefits?

If you get laid off from your job, you can usually seek unemployment benefits to help you financially while you're looking for new work. In some circumstances, however, you might not qualify to receive unemployment benefits.

Below is a list of the usual disqualifiers that prevent an employee from getting this vital financial assistance in such a desperate time of need. If you were fired for any of the following reasons, you might not be able to get benefits:

-- Excessive absences: Did you get fired for not showing up to work without a valid excuse on a regular basis?

-- Violation of workplace rules: Did you have trouble following the rules of your workplace?

-- Excessive lateness: Being fired for excessive tardiness could disqualify you from compensation benefits.

-- Causing injury to fellow employees or the business: This does not include accidents, but if you acted in a way that you knew would cause harm, you might not be able to get benefits.

-- Sleeping on duty: Falling asleep during your job duties could be enough to immediately disqualify you from unemployment benefits.

-- Being dishonest: It's always best to be honest and accept the consequences if you want to safeguard your chances of getting unemployment benefits.

-- Being insubordinate: This might manifest as regularly being disrespectful to the rules and managers.

-- Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment is grounds for immediate termination, and it could prevent you from getting unemployment benefits.

-- Non-Disqualifiers: This list of disqualifiers does not include reasons for firing like carelessness, unintentional errors, lack of skill, poor performance and other reasons.

Were you let go from your job, and are you having trouble qualifying for unemployment compensation benefits? You might be able to take legal action to get the benefits you deserve. By speaking with a qualified Florida employment law attorney, you can discuss the facts of your case to determine whether or not you have the legal right to receive unemployment compensation after being terminated from your job.

Source: FindLaw, "Eligibility for Unemployment Compensation Benefits," accessed May 17, 2017

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